I was immediately drawn to your post!! We have a little in common.
Here is my story: in high school I volunteered as a candy-striper
at the local hosptial. It was literally, my favorite place to be. I remember being eager to arrive each time i was asked to help. I also remember, putting the nurses on pedestals. I admired them so much, and as an insecure teen I could not even look them in the eyes!! LOL I thought the nurses were far better then the doctors. There was just something I admired and longed to have. BUT, I just never, for some reason, for even a second - thought I could become a nurse.
Well, I started college away from home, had a family emergency and returned to go to community college for one semester. Oddly enough I found a part-time job in the Dean of Allied Health's office. Then, I ran into my best friend from third grade, who was majoring in nursing. I was in awe of her, she told me it was very hard work, but what she felt she was being called to do. Every chance I had, I would walk through the nursing building, peek in on classes, admire the work. BUt STILL, it never occurred to me - to be a nurse.
SOoooo fast-forward to graduation day- five years later I have a BA in Communications Journalism (concentration in Public Relations, with the goal of Desktop Publishing and writing), I get my first PR job through a temp agency - WHERE?? A HOSPITAL!! ROFLOL!! And following that, it just continued, I moved home to take nursing classes, and through a temp agency was continually placed in positions at hospitals!! LOL
I will never forget the day I called my mom and said to her "Mom, I think I want to go back to school to become a nurse" her reply? "It's about time, I think that is the right plan!"
So, always listen to your mother! LOL Could have saved me years!!
I finally came to the realization that being a nurse was my calling. I have to do it. I may not be the best, I may not be the smartest, but it just seems that is home to me. I can honestly admit, I am terrified I will find I cannot handle it, because I just feel "this is it!" this is the life for me.
I am also terribly challenged in Math and science. It took me three times to pass Statistics!
So I DEFINITELY agree with everyone else, sign up as a hospital volunteer, make some nurse friends, and just see how it "feels." Are you someone who can tolerate working at a desk? or do you need to move around?
You'll figure it out!
You are blessed to be 16 and asking these questions! I am sure the answer will come to you soon!
(I start school for nursing next fall! YAAAA - I am now 29, so I am a testament that you can always go back and change your mind!!)